First test finds glitches in Emergency Alert System

Coverage of the Emergency Alert System, built on legacy broadcast radio technology, is incomplete and not completely reliable; FCC and FEMA are updating it with an Integrated Public Alert and Warning System.

Don't panic: Nationwide test of emergency alert system set for Nov. 9

The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, set for Nov. 9, will see how the country handles sensory deprivation, even if for a little while.

Social media can spread disaster misinformation like a wild fire

Social media tools can get the news on a disaster out fast, but the possibiity of inaccurate information calls their usefulness into question.

Sandia tool puts disaster models into one picture

Researchers have developed software, called SUMMIT, that allows different disaster models and simulations to share data to create a real-time picture.

Little quake stokes officials' fears about a big one

Defense Department and other officials are concerned that a major earthquake would overwhelm relief efforts.

FEMA iPad tool helps rescuers visualize disaster scene

The tool enables linking modeling and simulation tools with the underlying event data, thereby improving the emergency planning, training, evaluation and response cycle.

Date set for first national test of alert system

Don’t plan on watching the first few minutes of a TV show or listening to a radio station at 2 p.m. Nov. 9.

Accurate flood mapping is still a work in progress

Agencies are still at work gathering data needed to bring the latest GPS technology to bear in creating more accurate flood maps for the United States.

Hurricane season? Really? FEMA widget can help you prepare.

It’s open season for hurricanes as of June 1, and FEMA wants you to prepare now before a potentially active season heats up.

Tech helps relief organizations -- and scammers -- after Japan quake

Technology has changed the way the world responds to natural disasters such as the Japan earthquake but it can also lead to big opportunities for scam artists.

Spectrum auction to fund public safety broadband network

The D Block along the 700 MHz spectrum could be used for a national public safety network for emergency workers and first responders, to be paid for by proceeds from a spectrum auction.

DisasterAssistance.gov: A portal in the storm

Portal provides relief point for disaster survivors to access and apply for assistance.

Emergency access granted in test of interoperable ID system

An emergency preparedness event involving federal, state and private-sector officials demonstrated ID verification technology to scan and clear first responders from federal, state, local and commercial organizations.

DisasterAssistance.gov at a glance


DisasterAssistance.gov: One stop for emergency relief

A partnership of 17 federal agencies known as the Disaster Assistance Improvement Program has launched a one-stop clearinghouse for disaster victims to get disaster assistance information and apply for aid.

Agencies update Web sites in preparation for Hurricane Earl

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Hurricane center have updated their home pages in preparation for Hurricane Earl.

Five years after Katrina, government IT still feels storm's fury

Five years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, the region continues to rebuild and the federal government is still trying to fix information technology-related problems that the storm and its aftermath exposed.